Happy almost 4th of July!
Since there is a good chance no one is going to be reading a lot of blogs this week, I’m just going to keep it short and get right into it.
This month my net worth increased $4,488. I also had a particularly good month of side hustle income. $1,309.66 to be exact, from a combination of blog income, refereeing volleyball, OhmConnect (a website that incentivizes saving energy), credit card cash rewards, etc. Good timing since there are still a few quick domestic trips I want to take this year, and that money is going directly to that fund.
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I also did a pretty good job with spending this month. Here is how it all breaks down:
- Rent: $1,450
- Groceries: $326
- Travel: $227 (plane ticket for Lola Money Retreat)
- Phone: $206 (it was more expensive this month because of my AT&T international data plan, plus I switched over to Cricket Wireless, so there were some minor costs for that transfer)
- Car payment: $188
- Health-Related: $114
- Pet care: $82
- Fuel: $75
- Charitable giving: $57
- Dining out: $64.00
- Website expenses: $50.0
- Self-care/beauty: $30
- Gifts: $25
- Medical: $18
- Professional development: $10
- Entertainment: $10
- Parking: $2
- Laundry: $26
- Misc.: $16
This month I also did a lot of de-cluttering. Mind you that I didn’t have too much to de-clutter to begin with, but I did manage to stuff 4 bags full of stuff (mostly clothes) to donate. I also got rid of some books and other misc. items around the house.
What the hell else did I do?
Man, when I think about it, I don’t even have that much stuff that warrants its own sub-heading. Sad!
I spent the first week of June still fighting some kind of stomach bug that had annoying lingering side-effects. I think overall that helped with my grocery budget this month since I didn’t feel like eating much besides toast, crackers, and bananas for 1.5 weeks. I attended Social Media Week in Santa Monica as well and got a lot of great information from the various talks that I hope to put to good use both on my own site and with work.
I had a lot on my mind as well this month, which kind of kept me from being too social. None of which I can talk about, but I spent a lot of my down time reading, writing (privately) and watching The Handmaid’s Tale and Heart of Dixie (in that order, because I needed to watch something light after THT so I could sleep OK at night).
I’m also excited that SYTYCD started up again, and have been watching World of Dance, although I prefer to watch the former. Every time I watch a dance show I want to call my parents and yell at them for never having put me in dance class when I was a kid. 🙁 Especially contemporary and hip-hop, my two favorite dance styles.
My tomatoes are also finally starting to come in from my garden!!! While they are looking good, my squash, cucumber, and kale plants are starting to look a bit…in trouble. #prayfortonyasgarden. hee hee!
This month I’d like to accomplish two major things:
One is to ride my bike or walk to work every single day. Right now I’m riding or walking 2-3 days per week, which is pretty good, but I want to see what it might be like to push myself there.
The second thing is I’d like to do at least one video a week for Wednesday’s post. I’ve gotten out of playing around with my camera and being creative, so I’d like to get back into it. I’m not putting any pressure on myself to create a theme or style or anything…just getting back in the habit.
My first video, which I shot today (Sunday), is just a simple apartment tour…updated since when I shot the Fribs video.
Even if it’s a very simple and short video, the point is to just do it!
How was your June? Any big plans for July?